The Endowment's Role

The Endowment Fund, administered by the Scandinavian Cultural Council, will enables us to:

  • Broaden the scope of our mission to preserve and promote Nordic heritage at PLU and in the community.
  • Expand the number of educational/cultural programs and exhibits.
  • Sponsor artists and speakers from the Nordic countries.
  • Provide educational/cultural grants to deserving students and Nordic organizations.
  • Provide for staffing needs to support the director.
  • Make improvements to the Center.
  • Strengthen public relations and publicity efforts.
  • Procure Nordic artifacts and archival materials.

Endowing the Future

The SCC Endowment Fund allows us to ensure and expand the services and programs currently offered, helping to preserve Scandinavian heritage and traditions at PLU and throughout the Greater Puget Sound Area. Please continue to remember the SCC in your charitable giving and estate planning.

How you can help

Where there is a will, there is a way…to make a charitable deferred gift. In most cases it is a simple bequest that states either an amount or a percentage of the estate should go to one’s favorite charity. If the Scandinavian Cultural Center is a meaningful part of your life, you may want to consider a deferred gift in your estate planning. There are various ways to make a deferred gift in addition to a bequest in one’s will. Some people use life insurance, making the charity a full or partial beneficiary of the policy. If the charity is made the owner as well as the beneficiary of the policy, there can be tax benefits as well.

Ed Larson - SCC
Ed Larson, Executive Director of Charitable Estate Planning

Another technique is to make the charity a full or partial beneficiary of one’s IRA account. More and more, people are including charitable donations in their estate plans. If you have questions as to how best to proceed, check with your attorney or accountant. For questions regarding tax benefits of some of the deferred gift techniques, contact Ed Larson (SCC Executive Board member and Executive Director of Charitable Estate Planning, PLU) by phone (253-222-3373) or by e-mail

The SCC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. All contributions received will be credited for the fiscal year received (January-December) and are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.

If you’d like to make a direct contribution to the Endowment Fund, please send your check made payable to SCC Endowment Fund to the address below:

Scandinavian Cultural Center
12180 South Park Avenue
Pacific Lutheran University
Tacoma, WA 98447

If you’d like to receive more information, please contact SCC Director, Elisabeth Ward, at